2009 Nebbiolo Wahluke Slope
This wine is such a rare treat for Washington. Nebbiolo is seldom grown outside the borders of Italy. There are roughly 20 acres planted of Nebbiolo within Washington. We believe the growing area of Wahluke Slope is ideal for making great Nebbiolos. Our style is similar to the Barbaresco style, where the wine is traditionally aged for 2 years before release. We aged this wine 22 months in new French oak casks. This vintage should age 15+ years easy.
The wine is blended with Barbera to help soften the tannins and allow the wine to be more approachable in its youth. (This wine is still very much a baby wine.) I felt the Barbera would naturally go with this particular wine because the vines grew literally side by side in the vineyard.
The color is a light hue of ruby red. The wine opens with aromas of pipe tobacco and savory herbs. On the palate it is dominated by cherry and plum flavors which linger into a cranberry finish. The wine is supported by dusty tannins that leave you wanting more and more. We suggest that this wine be decanted to allow time for flavors to open up and develop. Please enjoy with hearty meat dishes such as gnocchi, pot roast, lamb, pork or beef.
2012 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition: Silver Medal
2012 Riverside International Wine Competition: Silver Medal